Let’s face it, folks. As much as we dislike castro, we have to, at times, give him his due. The guy is a magician.
Even though tourism is down because of global warming, bad service and the embargo, sugar production is down to levels before the revolution- that’s THE revolutionary war, not castro’s 1959 fiasco-because of bad weather, world surpluses, low prices, corruption and mismanagement, (according to raul), and the embargo, manufacturing is down because of bad weather, corruption and mismanagement, (according to raul), and the embargo, we learn that the Cuban economy is expected to grow by 10% in 2007. Magic.
The Miami Herald, in this AP article, hails this magic trick as :Cuba makes an economic ascent. Wow! The ascent trick! How do they do that? Of course, like any good magic trick, they can’t tell you how it’s done because if they did, well, it wouldn’t be magic:
Cuba includes state spending on social and healthcare programs when calculating its growth rates, a methodology that makes its figures difficult to compare with those of other countries.
We just have to take the magician’s word for it, for the sake of the illusionary experience.
That’s a great magic trick, but it’s just the warm up. The real magic trick is the way it all disappears. Triple digit growth three years in a row and absolutely nothing to show for it. Not even toilet paper.